Butterfly Monitoring Assistant

We are looking for volunteers interested in local wildlife, enjoy nature and contributing to the bigger picture of essential conservation efforts.


  • Accompany Ecological Monitoring Assistant on weekly walk of butterfly monitoring transects
  • Record all observations on data sheets
  • Assist with photography and identification of unknown butterflies
  • Take weather measurements (temperature and wind speed)

We are asking volunteers to commit to a minimum bi-weekly commitment. Flexible timing; between 10 am and 3 pm on most weekdays. 2-4 hour shifts

Required Qualifications:

  • Physically fit and comfortable walking over rough terrain (often off-trail)
  • Keen observation skills
  • Neat handwriting and well developed organizational skills
  • Some previous butterfly identification skills helpful, but not required

Training Provided:

Orientation session with Ecological Monitoring Assistant involving the basics of monitoring protocol and orientation

Expected Benefits: 

  • Develop your butterfly identification skills
  • Learning basics of butterfly biology
  • Spending time outdoors in a variety of habitats
  • Gain experience with standardized Transect Walk Method protocol
  • Contribute to rare’s efforts to monitor ecosystem health in the Waterloo Region
  • Networking opportunities within the environmental sector, and an ability to develop your job experience and references


Applicants should email

rare Charitable Research Reserve 

Telephone: 519-650-9336

Fax: 519-650-5923

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rare Charitable Research Reserve
1679 Blair Road
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
(519) 650-9336
Charitable Registration:
#8776 15914 RR0001